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Education & Skills Development News

Wits Business School, US business college to collaborate on energy matters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th April 2022 Wits Business School (WBS) has signed an historic agreement with the CT Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, in the US, which it says opens the door for robust collaboration between their respective energy centres. The African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) at WBS and The... 

BLSA calls for ideas to tackle youth unemployment

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2022 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says regulation can make it difficult and expensive to hire more people and the responsibility remains with government to ensure it creates a business environment in which hiring is easy. “The unemployment figures at... 

Necsa and chemicals industry Seta sign MoU

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th April 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to facilitate cooperation between the two entities in skills development programmes. Skills development is a very important... 

Chieta launches skills and growth study to support hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2022 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) has embarked on an 18-month comprehensive study of hydrogen power in South Africa that will assist it in its efforts to support the hydrogen economy by identifying growth areas for skills and economic development, CEO Yershen... 

Unemployment rises to a record 35.3% 

By: Donna Slater     29th March 2022 South Africa's unemployment rate increased to a new record of 35.5% in the fourth quarter of 2021, a 0.4 percentage point increase on the 34.9% recorded in the third quarter. This is the highest the unemployment rate has been since Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) started recording quarterly... 

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University drones research facility receives R11m grant

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 Research charity the Hans Merensky Foundation (HMF) president (and former University of the Free State [UFS] chancellor) Dr Khotso Mokhele recently signed an R11-million five-year research grant agreement with the UFS to expand the Merensky group for Aerial Geological Image Classification (MAGIC)... 

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UFS rector and vice-chancellor Professor Francis Petersen signs the grant with Hans Merensky Foundation president Dr Khotso Mokhele

SA faces challenges in energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa is struggling to address the energy security and economic imperatives of the national energy requirements, owing to the delay in implementation of new capacity additions and  the reduced energy availability factor and poor performance of its coal fleet, says Council for Scientific... 

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ARADHNA PANDARUM Pandarum says economic diversification options and skills development plans need to be considered for the transition from coal-based energy

Pumps range being tested on grey water system

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 Pumps and irrigation supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has been exploring the use of their Salflo submersible dewatering pumps, namely the S and V series submersible pumps, in grey water systems for home, industrial and agricultural applications. The supplier’s Salfo range of submersible pumps would... 

Various green water tanks lined up inside a parking lot with flags waving behind at the Syewarts & Lloyds assembly plant
GREEN TO GREY The Stewarts & Lloyds grey water system allows homes and companies contribute to the environment by harvesting grey water

Skills needed to foster transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa’s renewable-energy transition requires skills development and the educating of the country’s renewable-energy sector stakeholders, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner. “In South Africa, there are concerns around an energy industry... 

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ECKART ZOLLNER Zollner says upskilling and a mindset shift is necessary for a successful transition

Attacq uplifts Phuthumani Primary 

23rd March 2022 Real estate investment trust Attacq has partnered with nonprofit organisation Sage Foundation to build and renovate classrooms at the Phuthumani Primary School, in Thembisa. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

Attacq uplifts Phuthumani Primary
Attacq uplifts Phuthumani Primary

KZN government enters into partnership with private sector to offer training to the youth

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd March 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has cemented a strategic partnership with the private sector to launch a training and skills development project that will prepare over 100 000 young people for the job market and entrepreneurship opportunities. The partnership between the provincial... 

IRR says Employment Equity Amendment Bill will push unemployment higher 

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2022 The Employment Equity Amendment Bill, if implemented, will damage any chances of the country attaining meaningful growth and unemployment will rise from more than 46% on the expanded definition to above 50% on the expanded definition, says Institute of Race Relations (IRR) head of policy research... 

Big demand for skilled project managers as African activity gathers pace

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2022 Upcoming project-orientated economic activity is expected to translate into a yearly demand of 2.3-million new project managers, but there is a shortage of talent, nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) says. According to Statistics South Africa, one in every 17 people has a... 

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Nzimande concerned about 'serious capacity issues and operational deficiencies' at NSF

By: News24Wire      17th March 2022 The Department of Higher Education has spent R2-million on a forensic investigation to establish what happened to R5 billion that went accounted for more than two years at the National Skills Fund (NSF). According to Higher Education, Science, and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande, a ministerial... 

SU Advantage platform to support school to university preparation

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2022 Stellenbosch University (SU) will launch its online supplementary education platform SU Advantage on March 17. The platform was developed to support high school learners on their journey toward university preparation and academic success. 

Newly launched African recruitment platform attracts venture capital firm

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2022 Venture capital firm Launch Africa has invested in pan-African recruitment firm Homecoming Revolution’s new on-demand expertise platform Insights by Experts.   Launch Africa fund manager Janade du Plessis says that, over the past two decades, Homecoming Revolution have built deep relationships... 

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At the Insights By Experts launch is East Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association executive director Eva Warigia and Homecoming Revolution CEO Angel Jones

Attacq announces plans, partnership to further uplift Phuthumani Primary School

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th March 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Attacq, through its corporate social investment initiative Attacq Foundation, has partnered with nonprofit organisation Sage Foundation to build and renovate classrooms at the Phuthumani Primary School, in Thembisa. The partners are building three new... 

Attacq CEO Jackie van Niekerk
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Attacq CEO Jackie van Niekerk at a sod-turning ceremony in Thembisa

PSA summit to focus on localisation as a driver of economic recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th March 2022 A lack of local demand remains one of the most significant obstacles limiting South Africa’s economic growth potential, and the success of government’s Economic Reconstruction And Recovery Plan, therefore, hinges on all South Africans mobilising to make a choice for the good of the country,... 

NBCRFLI threatens to shut down road freight industry in light of attacks

By: Darren Parker     9th March 2022 The National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) said on March 9 that “it may be necessary for the parties to council to shut down the industry for a period of time” until ongoing “senseless attacks” by members of a truck driver’s forum were stopped. “The... 

NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu
NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu

Women keen to participate in energy efficiency projects – DMRE

By: Donna Slater     8th March 2022 Studies indicate that women want to participate in the energy sector, and especially within the energy efficiency sector, both of which currently have poor representation of women, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) gender mainstreaming and transformation national coordinator... 

Training academy advances vibrant learnership digitally  

8th March 2022 To underpin digital strategy in a business, training needs to evolve to cover critical aspects such as improving safety and productivity in mining. The Murray & Roberts Training Academy, just outside of Carltonville, has therefore introduced multiple methods of achieving “vibrant learnership”... 

Training academy advances vibrant learnership digitally
Training academy advances vibrant learnership digitally

New global standard a victory for anticorruption efforts – Corruption Watch

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th March 2022 Corruption Watch said the approval of a new global standard on beneficial ownership transparency is a win for the fight against corruption, money laundering and other financial crimes around the world following the implementation of the revised recommendation 24. CW was a signatory with eleven... 

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All 21 Setas commit to national skills development intervention – Nzimande 

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on March 4 said all 21 sector education and training authorities (Setas) have committed to achieving the skills development interventions planned for the 2022/23 financial year, especially those interventions aimed at enabling... 

eMobility programme commemorates first year of operation

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 Electric vehicle (EV) advocacy initiative the uYilo eMobility Programme has commemorated its first year as an implementing partner on the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (South Africa-UK Pact) programme, specifically on the Shifting the Transport Paradigm for South... 

uYilo programme manager Edem Foli
uYilo programme manager Edem Foli

East London centre to develop, incubate local ICT entrepreneurs and startups

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2022 Communications technology and infrastructure multinational Cisco's Edge centre, located within the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), will provide opportunities for Eastern Cape youth to develop information and communications technology (ICT) skills and will incubate startups to... 

GE, partners launch Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg 

2nd March 2022 Multinational General Electric, in partnership with nonprofit organisations FHI360 and PROTEC, as well as the Gauteng Department of Education officially launched the Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg, last month, a $2.5-million investment aimed at increasing the diversity of young people... 

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GE, partners launch Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg

Labour Migration Bill to impose quotas on foreign national workers 

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2022 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on February 28 released the draft National Labour Migration Bill, which proposes amendments to the Employment Services Act, for public comment. The Bill proposes that the Minister set quotas for the total number of documented foreign nationals with work... 

Govt workers lose Constitutional Court bid to enforce wage agreement  

By: News24Wire      28th February 2022 The Constitutional Court has ruled against public sector trade unions in their bid to force government to honour a wage agreement for 2020, siding with the Labour Appeal Court which found that the agreement was unlawful.  At stake was R75.6-billion in backpay, which unions had hoped the court... 

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E-learning technology made available to more than 2 000 learners

By: Darren Parker     25th February 2022 A South African-developed e-learning education system has been made available to more than 2 000 pupils in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Gauteng – many of them underprivileged. The system, which was developed by education technology (ed-tech) business Odin Education... 

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GE, partners launch Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2022 Multinational General Electric (GE), in partnership with nonprofit organisations FHI360 and PROTEC, as well as the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), on February 24 officially launched the Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg, aimed at increasing the diversity of young people in the... 

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Students at the launch enjoy an engineering demonstration

SHRA encouraged by social housing progress

By: Darren Parker     25th February 2022 The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) has said it is “encouraged” by government’s commitment to the development of social housing across South Africa, following Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s budget speech on February 23. The budget highlighted that human settlements projects... 

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Private sector seen as key to catalysing much-needed infrastructure revival

By: Donna Slater     25th February 2022 A focus on labour-intensive practices, increased partnership between the public and private sectors and rechannelled funding methods for infrastructure roll-out in South Africa are required to help reduce unemployment, build the economy and improve local skills, according to a panel of experts... 

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Free interactive virtual world introduces children to STEM world and careers

By: Schalk Burger     18th February 2022 Animated, interactive visualisation of technologies, infrastructure and activities the STEMulator aims to expose children to many of the activities and infrastructure that constitute the human world today, both natural and built environments, and to reveal aspects not generally seen as part of... 

A view of the inner workings of a car
A view of the inner workings of a car

Manufacturer hosts training day for SMMEs

18th February 2022 Local cement and construction materials manufacturer AfriSam hosted 60 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from different communities surrounding its Jukskei and Eikenhof quarries, both in Gauteng, for a one-day training session. The event, named ‘Correct use of cement in concrete,... 

A group of SMME entrepreneurs at the Afrisam ‘Correct use of cement in concrete, plaster and mortar applications’ day held in September
FIRM FOUNDATIONS Afrisam offers SMME Training to ensure its clients know when, how and why to use the various construction materials it has on offer

Unemployment to remain high as economic growth stagnates

By: Darren Parker     15th February 2022 South Africa’s yearly economic growth will “moderate” to less that 2% for the foreseeable future, which is insufficient to curb rising unemployment, given the country’s population growth rate, professional services company Alexander Forbes Investments executive chief economist Isaah Mhlanga said... 

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At a 2% yearly economic growth, the unemployment rate in South Africa will reach 50% in 50 years

Private sector’s role in job creation comes under post-SoNA spotlight 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2022 The respective roles of the public and the private sectors in creating jobs came under the spotlight again on Monday as political leaders responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s most recent State of the Nation Address (SoNA), in which he emphasised the centrality of the private sector in... 

The post-SoNA debate is under way at the Cape Town City Hall, after Parliament was severely damaged in a fire in January
The post-SoNA debate is under way at the Cape Town City Hall, after Parliament was severely damaged in a fire in January

South Africa takes Huawei's local unit to court over employment rule breaches

By: Reuters     11th February 2022 South Africa's labour department said it had filed court papers against telecom equipment group Huawei Technologies' local business over alleged employment rule breaches. China's Huawei employed approximately 90% foreign nationals against 40% as permitted by regulations, the South African... 

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